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proudly presents our 7th annual production of

Saturday, December 15 at 1:30 & 5:00 Sunday, December 16 at 1:30 2012 Featuring Guest Artists Emily Cardea and Vincent Paradiso

First produced December 18, 1892 in St. Petersburg Russia, The Nutcracker Ballet is based loosely on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s


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ACT I SCENE I- CHRISTMAS EVE Maids..................................................................................... Kristy Schulz & Franni Tempesta Mrs. Stalhbaum...........................................................................................................Jade Eckert Clara Stalhbaum...............................................................................................MaxAnna Collen Fritz Stalhbaum......................................................................................................William Heide Aunt Charlotte........................................................................................................Claudia Lasch Clara’s Friends.................................. Louisa Goeke, Rebeka Hufen, Phoebe Kammuller, Laurel Lasch, Meriona Marsh, Rose Marie Olsen, Kylie Seeberger, Sindhu Shankar & Julia Wernicke Fritz’s Friends.............................. Gabriel LeDenmat, Cedric LeDenmat, Joshua Mains, Julian Mains, Kai Nakayama & Michael Robles Party Guests......................................Amelie Bennett, Tess Dimler, Autumn Dobrowski, Zeli Frantz, Madeline Jerry, Madilyn Mains & Leanne Potter Dolls.......................................................................................Emily Lovdahl & Haley Schonter SCENE II- MIDNIGHT Mice..............................................................Kayla Bote, Martina Catalan, Solomyn Collen, Zoe Frantz, Jillian Humphreys, Lillian Jerry, Emily Mains, Anesley Middlekauff & Brooke Westfall Nutcracker Prince..................................................................................................William Heide Drummer Boy........................................................................................................... Aaron Orton Soldiers...................................Elizabeth Christoph, Michaiah Evans, Alexis Habermehl, Katrina Hjelmgrem, Arabella Husson, Katie Kauth, Lainnie Kauth, Judea Leon, Savannah Lofquist, Caroline Mork, Emma Scott, Gracie Tempesta & Elizabeth VanKammen Mouse Queen........................................................................................................... Kristy Schulz SCENE III- LAND OF SNOW Snow Flakes................................ Amelie Bennett, Tess Dimler, Jade Eckert, Zeli Frantz, Madeline Jerry, Claudia Lasch, Emily Lovdahl & Haley Schonter Sleigh Attendants.... Elizabeth Christoph, Katrina Hjelmgrem & Savannah Lofquist Snow Angels...................................Katrina Catalan, Lina Hemmig, Syrena Hjelmgrem, Noel Propsom, Sarah Scott & Emma Steinbach

10 MINUTE INTERMISSION

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ACT II THE LAND OF THE SWEETS Sugar Plum Fairy..................................................................................................... Emily Cardea Caviler.................................................................................................................. Vincent Paradiso Dew Drop Fairy...................................................................................................... Emily Lovdahl Angels.................................................Katrina Catalan, Madeline Cerny, Ivona Chapman, Zoe D’Alessandro, Grace Habermehl, Samantha Habermehl, Lina Hemmig, Syrena Hjelmgrem, Kalyn Holland, Amanda Jiang, Carolyne Kolodziej, Amilia Ma, Katie Mueller, Abby Myrum, Noel Propsom, Sarah Scott, Lillian Selky, Emma Steinbach, Kristin Walek & Regan Welch Spanish Chocolate............... Madeline Jerry with Autumn Dobrowski, Kristy Schulz, Sindhu Shankar & Franni Tempesta Arabian Coffee.................................. Haley Schonter with Kayla Bote, Martina Catalan, Solomyn Collen, Jillian Humphreys, Lillian Jerry, Katie Kauth, Gracie Tempesta & Brooke Westfall Chinese Tea........Amelie Bennett & Claudia Lasch with Michaiah Evans, Zoe Frantz, Alexis Habermehl, Arabella Husson, Lainnie Kauth, Judea Leon, Emily Mains, Anesley Middlekauff, Caroline Mork, Emma Scott & Elizabeth VanKammen Russian Candy Canes...............William Heide, Gabriel LeDenmat, Cedric LeDenmat, Joshua Mains, Julian Mains, Kai Nakayama & Michael Robles French Shepherdess...........Tess Dimler, Jade Eckert & Zeli Frantz with Ava Haslage, Ava Mars, Emilie Miller, Evaline Mitchell & Catherine VanKammen Ginger Bread Children.................Hannah Curtin, Emma DeGroot, Erena Dobrowski, Jazmine Fiorentino, Christiane Herrmann, Sophie Higgs, Eliana Jossart, Eliana Lang, Josephine Rush, Mansha Palliyath & Amber Smith Waltz of the Flowers.......................Amelie Bennett, Tess Dimler, Autumn Dobrowski, Jade Eckert, Zeli Frantz, Madeline Jerry, Claudia Lasch, Meriona Marsh, Haley Schonter, Kristy Schulz, Sindhu Shankar and Louisa Goeke, Rebecca Hufen, Phoebe Kammuller, Laurel Lasch, Madilyn Mains, Rose Marie Olsen, Leanne Potter, Kylie Seeberger & Julia Wernicke Grand Pas de Deux........................................................... Emily Cardea & Vincent Paradiso

i m p o r ta n t n o t e Flash photography is dangerous and distracting to the performers, the use of recording devices of any kind is prohibited during the show. As a courtesy to the performers and audience members please turn off all cell phones, pagers and other electronic devices while in the auditorium. The Nutcracker

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S Y NOPSIS

Our show begins Christmas Eve at the beautiful Stalhbaum Manor. As the maids put the finishing touches on the decorations for the party Clara’s brother Fritz sneaks into the house to hide a “present” for his sister. Mrs. Stalhbaum enters bringing gifts for under the tree. With a last check of the house, and her excited children, she welcomes their friends and family. Among the guests is Clara’s mysterious Aunt Charlotte who always brings interesting and magical gifts. The party grows festive with dancing and music when suddenly Clara’s Aunt Charlotte brings everything to a halt, the party children falling in delighted surprise! With a great show of mystery she presents two giant magical boxes. To the amazement of the children she transforms two toy dolls into life-size dolls that each take a turn dancing for the guests. As the dancing dolls leave Aunt Charlotte presents her gifts to Fritz and Clara, a handsome soldier jacket for Fritz and a beautiful Nutcracker for Clara. Fritz is fascinated by the Nutcracker and accidentally sends it to crashing to the floor while attempting to take it from Clara. At Fritz’s request Aunt Charlotte determines that no harm has been done and Fritz returns the Nutcracker to Clara. As the evening grows late the guests begin to depart. The Stalhbaum manor becomes quiet once again as the family retires for the evening. hile the family sleeps mice larger than life appear, bent on mischief. They hide W as Clara, missing her Nutcracker, sneaks back into the living room to find him. She falls asleep on the sofa and begins to dream. Seeing Clara sleeping emboldens the mice and they begin pilfer the entire Stalhbaum household including Clara’s beloved Nutcracker! Fritz, awakened by the strange sounds from his living room, appears and after wrestling his soldier jacket from an ill mannered mouse leaves vowing to return with his army of toy soldiers. And he does! After a fierce battle he finally, with Clara’s help, vanquishes the Mouse Queen. As she is dragged away by her disbelieving mice Fritz leads his soldiers back to their toy box. As Clara struggles to shake the fear left from the ferocious battle she has witnessed a beautiful Snowflake appears followed by another and another. Clara dances with the Snowflakes putting the thoughts of mice and fighting far behind. As Clara and the Snowflakes waltz through the falling snow Angels appear guiding Fritz and a magical Sleigh. With the Angels leading the way Clara and Fritz leave the still falling snow as Clara’s dream continues. The sleigh arrives in the enchanting Land of the Sweets. Meeting the Dew Drop Fairy Clara and Fritz learn they are in the Palace of the Sugar Plum Fairy! Soon the palace is full with the Sweets of the Land. The Sugar Plum Fairy with her handsome Cavalier arrive, excited to meet their guests. Clara and Fritz tell of the Great Battle and how they overcame the Mouse Queen and her minions. Enchanted by their bravery the Sugar Plum Fairy and all of her subjects dance in celebration. The Sugar Plum and her Cavalier bring the celebration to a triumphant conclusion when they perform the magical Grand Pas de Deux. All of the wondrous excitement begins to overwhelm Clara and she grows sleepy. Magically the Angels return to guide her safely back to where her adventure began and she returns to her now peaceful slumber with the Nutcracker cradled in her arms. 4

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Emily Cardea is from New York, New York. She studied at the School of American Ballet, French Academie of Ballet and Orlando Ballet School, and she attended summer courses at Miami City Ballet School, Orlando Ballet School and Chautauqua School of Dance. As a child performer, Ms. Cardea performed with American Ballet Theater, New York City Ballet and The Metropolitan Opera, along with having dancing roles in the motion picture Uptown Girls and the TV series Royal Pains. Ms. Cardea has performed featured roles in Who Cares?, Valse Fantasie, The Nutcracker, Excerpts from Romeo & Juliet (Juliet), Swan Lake (Odette), Giselle (Peasant Pas de Deux), and many more. Her dreams for the future include the title roles in Romeo & Juliet and Giselle, as well as the leading roles in Don Quixote and Onegin. In 2011 she competed in the Youth America Grand Prix finishing in the top 12 nationally, and was a member of the Orlando Ballet II from 2010-2012.

Photo Credit Paul Kolnik

Vincent Paradiso is from Ardsley, New York. He began his ballet training in 1996 at the School of American Ballet, the official school of the New York City Ballet. He received the Mae L. Wein award for “outstanding promise� and an apprenticeship with the New York City Ballet in the spring of 2003. Vincent was invited to join the company as a corps de ballet member in 2004. He danced in numerous George Balanchine, and Jerome Robbins ballets, such as The Nutcracker, Symphony in 3 movements, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Tombeau de Couperein, Donizetti Variations, Glass Pieces, and West Side Story. He also originated roles in Christopher

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about the studio

Now in our 8th year The Studio of Classical Dance Arts is proud to provide professional ballet instruction and exciting performing opportunities for students throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. While building the foundation vital to excellence in all dance styles, students learn the value of selfdiscipline, personal responsibility and commitment. Whether they are studying to pursue a career in dance or simply taking class for sheer enjoyment, students develop self confidence and a love of the arts that will last a lifetime. S t u d e n t s i n F e at u r e d R o l e s

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Amelie Bennett Party Guest, Snowflake, Chinese and Flower

MaxAnna Collen Clara Stalhbaum

Tess Dimler Party Guest, Snowflake, Shepherdess and Flower

Jade Eckert Mrs. Stalhbaum, Snowflake, Shepherdess and Flower

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Zeli Frantz Party Guest, Snowflake, Shepherdess and Flower

Madeline Jerry Party Guest, Snowflake, Spanish and Flower

Claudia Lasch Aunt Charlotte, Snowflake, Chinese and Flower

Emily Lovdahl Doll, Snowflake and Dew Drop Fairy

Haley Schonter Doll, Snowflake Arabian and Flower The Nutcracker

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credits Composer................................................................................................................Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography and Concept................................................................Linda Bennett & Marc Darling Costumes...................................................................................................................................Linda Bennett Sets & Props...............................................................Marc Darling, Skelly Warren and Cheryl Frantz Lighting Design............................................................................................................................Chris Payne Back Stage...............................................................................................Gisela Baldwin, Sydney Merritt, Ellen Petersen, Celeste Calderwood Front of House........................................................ Colleen Merritt, Christy Rauwerda, Alise Steed, Justine Garbarshi & Yuan Rong Jai-Reid

T h a n k yo u The Studio of Classical Dance Arts would like to thank everyone who participated, helped out, or attended our seventh annual Nutcracker performance. A very special THANK YOU to Keith Harris and the staff at UW-Parkside for your help and support! We are thrilled to be on the UW-Parkside Mainstage! A big thank you to the following businesses; Econoprint, Officemax, Marcus Promotions and the Radisson Harbourwalk Hotel And, to all of our students and parents for their hard work, time and support Thank You!!

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